I became aware of Homestuck early October 2011, when I went to New York Comic-Con and saw a group of trolls (Karkat, Terezi, Gamzee and Vriska I think). While I recognized the zodiac symbols, I had no clue who these trolls were. I assumed there were from some anime (They were in the "Anime Festival" part of the convention, after all.) and didn't think too much about it. A year later, I heard more and more about the comic on Tumblr and through a friend I met at a Summer Writer's Workshop I attended at the university I am currently going to. At that point, I decided to give the comic a read during the Summer Pause of 2012. I was hooked by the end of Act 1 because who the hell ends the first part of their comic with an explosion with the main character's fate up in the air? I caught up right in time for the first Openbound game, which was a great way to really get into the fandom with all of the new art about the Beforus trolls and everything.
I myself never thought Homestuck was an anime though I can see why people would think that. I've myself jokingly called Homestuck a weird anime because so many people think it is one.
Yeah, in retrospect, it's pretty hilarious how I legit thought Homestuck was an anime for a brief moment in time. Granted, the only pop culture I did follow intensely in those days was anime so it was easy to make that assumption.
My brother has been into MSPA since the Problem Sleuth days. He kept telling me about this new, exciting comic, and how it was doing really interesting things with its narrative, structure and audience interaction. Along the way I also got to hear all the highlights of the early forum shenanigans as well as a bit of lore from the TSO days. I tried the comic for myself, didn't get quite through act 1, but gave it a go again a few months later and got properly hooked. It's funny to think that I started reading just after graduating highschool, headed off so I thought to study biology, and now I'm almost done with my masters in geology instead. I've been following Homestuck for a quarter of my life now.
I was following Shelby (deudlyfirearms/wecansexy/Calliope's artist) on deviantArt, and when they went from Fullmetal Alchemist to Homestuck, I looked it up. I thought Jailbreak was the beginning so I started there but was quickly disuaded. Tried again with Homestuck a while later, got maybe 50 pages in, but didn't pick it up the next day. Shelby linked to a fanfic which was adorable and I had to know who these characters were, so I tried AGAIN and I made it! Caught up in the summer of 2011, when Doc Scratch were showing us the photos.
I saw a thread talking about Problem Sleuth in a forum I used to lounge around, back in around 2008. I started reading it in November of that year, got hyped with the ending, and followed the start of Homestuck soon after that.
One of my former Internet friends (at this point I have basically none in common between around 2010 and now) got into Homestuck during Hivebent and I was like "Yeah, I'll check it out" and then I forgot about it and didn't catch up until Murderstuck started. WHOOPS.
I always like to tell the story of how I'm a Pisces and the page I caught up on was Feferi's DEAD page.
Post by The Paradoxical Insurgent on Apr 7, 2016 0:44:44 GMT
I had a friend on a videogame server who I knew their real name, but someone else was calling her Jade. I inquired about it and they were apparently roleplaying Homestuck or something. They sent me a link and I tried reading but I got a bit bored Several pages in, specially considering I had the videogame waiting for me.
Afterward, I actually read the Midnight crew Intermission completely unaware of what Homestuck was.
I thought the Midnight Crew was some sort of stylized Flash game, so I Googled "Midnight Crew" and started from the first Intermission.
While I was disappointing it was not a game, I was quickly pulled in my the panel-by-panel story telling. I was quite surprised when at the conclusion of the Intermission I was suddenly presented by some armless girl named Jade in a random-ass garden. Honestly, 50% of the reason I then started Homestuck from the beginning was hoping I would come across more Midnight Crew storylines.
What you need to be asking yourself, as we find ourselves tumbling through this hostile vortex locked in the vicegrip of each other's sinewed brawn, is this: how deep does the rabbit's glasshole go? Does it have a bottom? So if you really want to do this thing -- if you really want to DANCE -- then I suggest you take off your shirt, put on a proper pair of fucking suspenders, and put those bologna loaves you call arms to use. Right now I'm a human goddamned beef windmill, god help us all.
I found out about Homestuck because of- surprise- tumblr. The first two times I tried reading it, I didn't get past Act 1, it bored me. Then I saw how much fun people were having cosplaying and making upd8 art, so I decided to stick it out and read it all. Hmmm... I don't quite remember when I started reading it, though, but it was definitely during the summer, and it was before all 4 Alpha kids were introduced. I think only two of them were known at the time, or something like that?
It was a great choice to try reading it and I'm glad I did.
I found out by word-of-mouth back in highschool. A friend of a friend was a fan, and I peeked over her shoulder at some point while she was rereading Act 1. Intrigued, I asked her what it was, and she said "MS Paint Adventures". I then proceeded to forget about it.
A few weeks later, I was on summer break. On a particularly boring day, I remembered MSPA and googled it. By pure coincidence, I believe that date turned out to be 6/12/2011, the 1-year anniversary of Hivebent. I got hooked and spent the next 3 days marathoning the whole comic.
In contrast to the dreaded "skip to act 5" scenario that too many people fall into, I actually SKIMMED OVER Hivebent on my first read-through, with the notion of "How are these trolls even important, bring me back to the kids!" I made sure to give it a proper reading later though.
Only a few weeks later, I opened an MSPAF account and created my first fantroll...
You think that's bad? I showed my brother Cascade after it came out. Not necessarily to get him into the story, but due to sheer elation on my part. It worked, though, and he was able to eventually catch up on it, though it took him a long time.
Was introduced to Problem Sleuth by one of my friends when I was in highschool. It had finished by the time I started reading and Homestuck was literally just starting. At the time I was not the kind of person to read fan reactions or really talk about things online, so I had no concept of the maelstrom of a fandom that was brewing at the time. I was also not the sort of person to check publication dates, so I had no concept of how fast Problem Sleuth had been made. I thought it was a funny cool story, and reread it after I had finished, though it was to silly for me to get majorly invested in it like I might for a world with serious world building. I gave his other stuff a look, and found homestuck. Act 1 was not even halfway finished at the time and I thought it looked boring, besides, I knew how long webcomics took to update so I didn't want to follow it.
And that was the last I thought of MSPA for YEARS.
I found homestuck again when I decided on a complete whim to read Problem Sleuth one more time and then noticed that other webcomic he had been working on had gotten a little bit longer since last I checked...
The Beta Kids were just arriving and meeting the Condesce. I missed nearly all of homestuck only to find it in its finnal few years, still kinda salty about it, since I have become so invested since.
Sorry for what you went through, but it makes for an incredible story to tell others.
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You think that's bad? I showed my brother Cascade after it came out.
[S] Cascade is IMHO a lot less spoilery if you watch it on its own; lots of things happen, but almost none of them makes any sense if you don't know the story well (even when you are actually reading Homestuck, you usually have to rewatch it several times to understand what's actually happening). There are very good chances that you'll have forgotten all relevant plot points (because you wasn't able to recognize them as such and pick them up) when you catch up with [S] Cascade after starting a full read.
[S] Jade: Enter instead boils down to "a flashy dog jumps into a flashy thing and everything becomes flaming green". Kernelsprites and Becquerel are introduced much earlier on, so it's a lot easier to jump to the conclusion "what the hell did Jade prototype, and how will it affect Sburb?"...
I used to go a lot on to this site called Quizzaz (now called Quotev) where I and a number of other people wrote fanfiction and stuff and some people on their profiles had Homestuck things in them so I got curious and looked it up. I found it really confusing because "why cant I type in a name??" and abandoned it. Then someone I really looked up to, their username was "andrewhussiesbosom", started commenting on things of mine and I was like "Ok, can you tell me how to get in to Homestuck?" and she gave me the whole rundown! And I've been hooked since then - either 2011 or 2012 I think.
My friend had been trying to get me to read since act one. I was reluctant and abandoned Problem Sleuth the first time I tried. But shortly before the pause with Cascade I started reading Homestuck itself. I finished it before the big flash and all was swell.
I was linked to Problem Sleuth while Homestuck was somewhere in A5A1, and read PS and Homestuck Acts 1-4 at that time. I figured I'd just read an act at a time as they finished since they were lasting a few months each. About a year later I finally decided that had turned out to be a stupid plan, did a reread and caught up. The most recent update when I started serial reading was the page after [S]Flip.
I had a friend on another site who was into it, and always talking about it with those friends on that site. After about a year, I couldn't take it anymore after seeing it mentioned on other sites, and I just had to know what it was, who all those characters were, and why some of them spoke differently, so I read it, and it was fun, even if I didn't understand it at first.
I caught up around the time Eridan and Feferi were introduced. That was sometime in 2011, I think? I don't remember exactly how I found it, though I suspect I was out of webcomics to binge-read at the time and found Homestuck linked on someone else's page. (I know XKCD links to Homestuck, so maybe from there?)
Anyway, the funny thing is that wasn't the first time I ran into MSPA. Some time before, people I knew were reacting to Problem Sleuth, so I checked that out and wondered "wtf is this?" Years later, I'd found I'd grown into the Problem Sleuth sort of absurdist humor.
EDIT: I checked, and it was actually in 2010. That's my memory for you, I guess.
(XKCD Randall links Homestuck from his "Comics I Enjoy" section in the footer of the site.)
I was thinking I'd just link a previous mspaforums.com post about how I found Homestuck and then... doh.
I read a review (that I can no longer find) by a Karkattish Ruby coder/blogger (Giles Bowkett) that explained just how genre-expanding the comic was. Read the first Act in November 2010 and decided it was also hilarious. Put it on hold until I had some spare time and did the traditional several days straight archive binge during Christmas holidays, catching up just in time to see the Lab: Drop as the year turned. I can still find and agree with my own subsequent review (self-hosted tiny link to an hreview format post on LiveJournal... you kids do know I'm a forty-five-year-old software developer right? )
First heard of Homestuck through off-handed mentions on tumblr, but I had no idea what it actually was, I just knew that something called "Homestuck" existed and that people were into it. At some point I managed to form the opinion that it was just a bunch of chat-logs between characters - like no images or narrative just chat-logs. How I reached that conclusion, I don't know. But it sounded boring and I had no interest in looking it up.
Fast forward to Jan or Feb 2013, and two of my friends who I tend to have overlapping interests with recommended it to me and I finally decided to actually check it out. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but I thought Act 1 was hilarious and had to see where it would go. By the time I caught up, the most recent updates had Jade going grimbark for the first time.
Ironically, the friend who recommended it to me dropped it around Act 2 and the other friend around Act 4, haha.
I first found homestuck via a multi fandom rp topic I used to admin for. Someone came in asking if they could be a homestuck character and posted an image of gamzee (Who apparently just showed up in the comic). My first thought was "Oh great it's another weird demon". So I looked up homestuck.
I hated it and stopped reading by the time john put arms in some cake.
I accepted the person and that prompted 2 more of "those homestucks" to join our group.
But they were like, really good rpers. I was like there's no way this is some weird human x demon webcomic. So I looked it up again at some point and forced myself to read it. After act one the trip was perfect and I can't believe I skipped off homestuck before thinking it was some weird "demon anime." I basically joined 1 month before the Eridan incident.
I was like there's no way this is some weird human x demon webcomic.
I know that feeling, kinda. I can't help but think of Steven Universe as a cartoon about these weird lesbian fusion gem aliens. Not that I have anything about homosexuality, it's just that my impression of the show is mostly based on whatever shipping stuff in it.
I'm only here for CANWC nowadays. I've made a lot of music for the comic's soundtrack, you should check it out.
The year was two thousand and four, when I first started having the dreams. The homestuck dreams, in which I found myself visited by toon children from an underwater world. I saw most of the plot, though it was really different. In fact, it probably wasn't anything like it! But it was homestuck in spirit, and that's how I feel I first found out about Homestuck. When I saw it linked on someone's shirt years later in 2012, something clicked, "Oh, that's familiar!" And I got to get reaquainted with the characters I had gotten to know almost a decade before when I had accidentally eaten some "brownies" I wasn't supposed to and fell asleep while watching a disney movie, even though the characters were completely different now. My favorite troll is Fef, and tAVROS IS A CLOSE SECOND, fOR OBVIOUS REASONS,
(Does anyone else ever have those kind of 'ah I swear I dreamed that before' moments? Thinking about it, it kind of sounds weird...)
Started reading homestuck around... I forgot exactly where the comic was in, but it was 2012-2013 and everyone wanted a troll wife/husband, apparently. Learned of it by a shitty troll focused webcomic, did a bit of research on it and ended up here.